Grassley ranks as ‘most effective lawmaker’ in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON — Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, earned the top spot as the “most effective lawmaker” in the U.S. Senate for the 115th Congress, according to a nonpartisan analysis conducted by the Center for Effective Lawmaking.

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Senator Grassley is working as hard as ever to represent Iowans in the United States Senate. He is the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he leads the effort to reduce prescription drug prices, hold Big Tech accountable for unconstitutional censorship, protect the Second Amendment and hold the line on efforts to pack the U.S. Supreme Court. A taxpayer watchdog, Grassley fights wasteful spending and holds senior positions on the Senate Finance, Budget and Agriculture Committees, leveraging these influential platforms to champion issues affecting Rural America, from health care to renewable energy and agriculture. In January, Senator Grassley started his 41st consecutive year holding meetings with Iowans at least once every year in each of Iowa’s 99 counties. Thanks for your continued support. Keep in touch!

Iowa Bankers Endorse Chuck Grassley for Re-Election

“No Public Servant…Has Worked Harder to Make Iowa a Better Place to Live”
DES MOINES – The Iowa Bankers Association, which represents the Iowa banks that fuel Iowa’s local economies, small businesses, farmers and job creation, today endorsed Senator Chuck Grassley for re-election to the United States Senate.

“I can think of no public servant who has worked harder to make Iowa a better place to live, work and play. Our influential senior senator still has much to offer our state,” said John Sorensen, President and CEO of the Iowa Bankers Association.

“I appreciate the support of the community leaders who lend to Iowa’s small businesses and family farmers and make job creation possible for so many Iowans,” Grassley said. “These community institutions play a vital role in making sure there’s the capital needed to invest, grow and build in Iowa.”

As former chairman and a current senior member of the Senate Finance Committee and one of the most influential lawmakers in Congress who has led the fight to protect community banks from onerous federal, one-size-fits-all regulation that would destroy jobs and hurt the economy. Most recently, he’s led the charge against the Biden administration’s proposal to report individuals’ low-dollar transactions to the IRS, which would undermine Iowans’ privacy and give the IRS the power to go after Iowans with little-to-no cause. In 2018, Grassley supported bipartisan legislation to loosen Washington’s grip on community banks and end harmful federal regulations that had no positive impact on the lending process.

Opinion: Year after year, Grassley works for Iowa like nobody else

When I was elected governor at age 36, I became the youngest chief executive in Iowa’s history. The farm crisis was truly baptism by fire. Witnessing the dreams and livelihoods of hardworking farm families end in foreclosures and auctions was a gut punch to all of us. 

That’s when leadership matters.

Our now senior U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley took the bull by the horns and wrote new bankruptcy protections to help farm families reorganize debt without being forced to sell off equipment and farmland. A lifelong family farmer, he’s been the fiercest advocate for the family farmer for more than four decades. 

When the farm economy turned south, Chuck Grassley set out to help diversify and expand opportunities in overseas markets. He spearheaded a biennial Ambassadors Tour to bring foreign trade ministers to Iowa. He persuaded a few dozen ambassadors to join him and Barbara for a week in Iowa. Chuck Grassley showed them the importance of agriculture and trade to America’s heartland. With sheer determination and doggedness that runs through every vein in his body, Chuck Grassley mapped out a remarkable showcase of Iowa’s people, products and places in a week-long caravan across our state. He opened the window of opportunity for Iowa businesses and communities to establish trading relationships and friendships between foreign ambassadors and their Iowa host families. 

Sen. Chuck Grassley (right) introduces Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad Tuesday, May 2, 2017, during his confirmation hearing with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington, D.C.

All these years later, Chuck Grassley is still the best advocate Iowa could ask for when it comes to creating opportunity and opening markets for Iowa farmers, producers and job creators. 

As a family farmer himself, Chuck Grassley understands the impact exports have on America’s top agricultural state. When he advocated for the Central American Free Trade Agreement, he gave Iowa farmers a voice at the table. 

Iowa beef and soybeans have since benefited from duty-free access to important markets in our hemisphere, and those markets are growing. As those economies grow, the increased food demand will continue to create even more trade and investment opportunities for producers. 

Sen. Chuck Grassley holds up a photocopy of The Des Moines Register on Feb. 10, 1996, to show an article covering President Bill Clinton's visit to an Iowa farm. At right is Gov. Terry Branstad.

He’s been a long-time hawk to hold China accountable to its trade agreements. He has fiercely criticized Chinese duties targeting American agriculture and backed temporary tariffs in an effort to secure fairer trade. While he’s stayed true to his free and fair trade principles, Chuck Grassley isn’t afraid to buck the party line when it’s important to Iowa. 

Chuck Grassley laid down an ultimatum for the Trump administration in 2019: Drop your steel and aluminum tariffs — which prompted retaliation from Canada and Mexico against Iowa products — or your newly negotiated North American trade agreement won’t move in the Senate. 

Chuck Grassley’s gambit paid off. The Trump administration heeded his call, dropped the levies, and Iowa pork producers — among others — once again had unimpeded access to sell their goods to our neighbors to the north and south. 

Waitress Chris Cook, right, closes her eyes to the bright TV lights, as she slides a menu in front of Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, left, Kansas Sen. and presidential candidate Bob Dole and Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley, during a campaign visit to the Drake Diner in Des Moines, Iowa, Sunday, Feb. 11, 1996.

Chuck Grassley also successfully shepherded the freshly-inked United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) agreement through Congress later that year. A top priority of President Trump’s, this agreement provided significant opportunity to dairy and wheat producers for the first time and opened new markets for Iowa’s manufacturing sector.

This demonstrates Chuck Grassley’s value to our state in two important ways. 

First, Chuck Grassley’s experience, reputation and seniority are instrumental to ensuring Iowa’s interests aren’t left behind when key trade agreements are negotiated. As former chairman and senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, which has legislative jurisdiction over trade, key stakeholders in the administration and foreign trade ministers listen when Chuck Grassley has something to say.

Gov. Branstad assails the Farm Credit System during a news conference on Oct. 24, 1985. With Branstad are Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, left, and U.S. Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole.

His leadership gives Chuck Grassley the influence to put Iowa on top. He digs into the weeds of farm, tax, trade and energy policy that impact our state. His no-nonsense approach has him chewing up say, rotten bargains for ethanol, and spitting them out for the administration to digest. This guy doesn’t gloss over the details, he reads the fine print to get it right for Iowa. Chuck Grassley’s reputation as a serious, unrelenting advocate for our state is indispensable. That’s how he’s earned the trust of the people of Iowa. Iowans count on Chuck.

The second takeaway is the senator earnestly listens to Iowans to understand the problems they are having with the supply chain, or getting their pork into China, or exporting their beef into Japan. He recently completed holding his 41st annual 99 county meetings. Hands down, Chuck Grassley sets the gold standard for representative government. He serves as our voice in Washington to make government work for us. That’s the way it should be. 

No one outworks Chuck Graslsey. I’m thrilled he’s running for re-election because Chuck Grassley works for Iowa and we need him in the U.S. Senate now more than ever.

Terry Branstad is the former U.S. ambassador to China and longest-serving governor in U.S. history, elected to six four-year terms as the governor of Iowa.

ASHLEY HINSON: A bright future for Iowa families

The COVID-19 pandemic has put many things in focus. We need to prioritize our health and our families. As a working mother of two young children, I want what’s best for them. As part of my mission in Congress, I’m working every day to create a brighter future for their generation and all Iowa families. Luckily, I’m not alone in this mission.

Right now, we need leadership in Washington. We need someone who has a track record of crafting policies today that will create a better tomorrow. Someone who has been vocal about getting our kids back in the classroom, who has worked to increase innovation and competition in the healthcare industry and has written bipartisan legislation to foster a safe and loving home life for children everywhere.

That’s Chuck Grassley. Plain and simple, he supports Iowa families and makes Iowa a better place to live.

Chuck Grassley uses his breadth of experience in Washington to raise awareness surrounding issues that affect Iowans from all walks of life. In 2009, he founded the bipartisan Senate Caucus on Foster Youth and continues to work as co-chair. His leadership has been critical to shining a light on issues affecting foster youth and foster and adoptive families. Much of the work in the caucus has been shaped by hearing directly from kids in the foster care system and teens who have aged out of the system. The caucus raises awareness about the serious need for foster and adoptive families throughout the country. In Iowa alone, there are roughly 8,000 children in foster care. All children deserve a safe, loving and permanent home. Chuck Grassley’s leadership in this area will help countless kids in foster care and have a lasting impact for generations to come.

His work standing up for our kids doesn’t stop there. In 2019, Grassley’s bill, the Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act (ACE Kids Act), was signed into law. This bill fixed a loophole to help children with complex medical conditions and their families by reducing red tape and helping them coordinate the different types of care needed outside of the hospital. Families navigating a complex medical condition have so much on their plate. This important law aims to reduce some of their burden by getting the government out of the way.

Chuck Grassley is an Iowan through and through as demonstrated by his unwavering commitment to bipartisanship. He’ll work across the aisle to get things done and won’t let partisan antics get in the way of accomplishing his work on behalf of Iowans. That’s why he’s consistently ranked one of the most bipartisan members of Congress.

Through his decades of service, people in Washington look to Chuck Grassley for leadership and results. His experience gives Iowans a voice that’s heard in Washington.

We need a strong, consistent, and common sense voice representing our state. Sending Chuck Grassley back to Washington is vital to ensuring Iowa families have a bright future. We need him in the U.S. Senate, and that is why I am proud to endorse Chuck Grassley for re-election. I’m excited to continue working with him to keep Iowa the best place to work, live, and raise a family.

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Rep Ashley Hinson serves asU.S. Representative for Iowa’s 1st congressional district.

COMMENTARY: Chuck Grassley is back, as is criminal justice reform

Those who know Sen. Chuck Grassley weren’t surprised at his 4 a.m. tweet announcing he will run for re-election. He is an early-to-rise leader who has been an integral part of the most significant legislative victories in Congress. In 2018, as acting attorney general of the United States under President Trump, I witnessed first-hand how Sen. Grassley deftly delivered a signature bipartisan achievement for public safety to the president’s desk, a groundbreaking prison and sentencing reform bill called the First Step Act.

So it made perfect sense when President Trump showed up in Iowa earlier this month to endorse Sen. Grassley, who at 88, shows no signs of letting his foot off the gas.

He is currently developing a second criminal justice reform package with Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin, which will likely include three bills the two men co-sponsored and already passed through committee: the First Step Implementation Act, Safer Detention Act, and Prohibiting Punishment of Acquitted Conduct Act. These common-sense measures would, respectively, apply the First Step Act to low-level, non-violent offenders serving unfairly long sentences who were cut out of relief because they were sentenced before the bill’s passage; provide relief to elderly and sick prisoners who are no threat to society through closely supervised home confinement or compassionate release, and prohibit judges from using information on activities a defendant was acquitted of for lengthening or shortening a person’s sentence.

These bills each have broad bipartisan support because they offer second chances to those who have earned them, focus precious taxpayer resources on the truly dangerous in our system, protect our constitutional rights and limit government overreach. Trump conservatives will support them.

Meanwhile, the House is also pressing forward with bipartisan criminal justice reform. Rising GOP star Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) is spearheading a bill called the EQUAL Act, which would finally and fully eliminate the unjustifiable sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. Though these substances are both dangerous, it takes 18 times the amount of powder cocaine to trigger the same sentence as crack cocaine. Members from Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) to Iowa’s Representative Ashley Hinson (R-IA), also are supporters of this legislation, which garnered an overwhelming (and rare) 361 to 66 bipartisan vote on the House floor this week.

Law enforcement leaders, including U.S. attorneys with whom I worked during the Trump Administration, as well as the National District Attorneys Association and the Major Cities Chiefs Association, all support the EQUAL Act because they believe it builds trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Many officers struggling with rising violent crime and murder rates find it impossible to cultivate sources and effectively investigate the very worst cases, and they want their support for this bill to send the message they are serious about treating all communities fairly. The men and women in law enforcement deserve our support and we should provide them with the tools necessary to safely execute the law.

The House and Senate will ultimately negotiate for a package that includes each of their priorities, and make no mistake, Senator Grassley will be at the head of the table. And just as he fights for second chances and fairness, he will continue to be tough on crimes involving fentanyl, which is so dangerous that trafficking this drug is often compared to Russian roulette.

When history writes the story of Senator Chuck Grassley, it will credit him for helping people struggling with addiction and mental illness seek treatment, rehabilitating sick people into productive, law-abiding citizens, and safeguarding our communities from drug kingpins and violent criminals.

There will be those who try to stand in the way of Sen. Grassley’s legislative agenda, but they do so at their political peril. After all, they’ll have to contend with a man beloved in Iowa and by the millions of people he has fought to help and protect, and they’ll have to get up pretty darn early in the morning.

Column: A farmer's work ethic in Washington

By Rep. Randy Feenstra (IA-04) | Carroll Times Herald

Agricultural production is the backbone of Iowa’s economy. The 4th District is in the top three when it comes to livestock, crops, ethanol, and overall ag production, so I know how important our ag producers are to our state. I also see how little Washington, D.C., appreciates what it takes for producers to put food on America’s tables. Fortunately, Iowa has another fierce advocate for farm families in the nation’s capital. He’s a lifelong family farmer himself, Senator Chuck Grassley.

As one of only two active farmers in the U.S. Senate, Chuck Grassley understands the life of the family farmer because he lives it. And he brings that farmer’s work ethic to Washington. He’s at the office each day before the sun comes up and works until the cows come home, fighting for the Heartland.

Years of experience raising corn and soybeans in Butler County and writing farm, tax and trade laws in the U.S. Senate have yielded big wins for Iowa’s ag economy.

There is no stronger, more experienced advocate for biofuels in the Senate. Chuck Grassley is a perennial thorn in the side of deep pocketed oil lobbyists who seek to shrink market share for Iowa biofuels. He’s taken both Republican and Democrat administrations to task to defend biofuels — even bringing the heat at 4 a.m., when a fellow senator tried to cheat biofuels producers to boost Big Oil. His work to promote markets for Iowa’s biofuels earned him a lifetime achievement award.

He’s also worked to open up new international markets for Iowa’s many other ag products by leading various trade agreements through the Senate, like the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, and calling out other countries that attempt to block Iowa’s goods. As a former chairman and senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, Chuck Grassley continues to be a leader in promoting trade opportunities for Iowa’s world class ag products.

Fair market access for independent beef producers is quickly becoming a serious domestic challenge, and of course, Chuck Grassley wasted no time getting to work. He used his clout as a respected member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee to push for hearings, even bringing in executives from the nation’s largest meatpackers to shine a light on anticompetitive practices that sideline independent cattle producers.

Whether it be trade wars, anticompetitive practices, natural disasters or other outside forces, family farmers constantly face challenges that have a unique and profound impact on their livelihoods. Through it all, Chuck Grassley always has our backs. Take last year’s derecho, for example. When House Democrats blocked my bill that would deliver the same aid to affected farmers that’s available to other businesses impacted by natural disasters, Chuck Grassley picked up the cause in the Senate. I’m proud to say that our teamwork is getting us closer to delivering the assistance that Iowa farm families deserve.

When the going gets tough and families fall on hard times, Chuck Grassley’s decades of service ensure that Iowa’s family farms have the tools they need to get help and get back on their feet. When America’s farmers and ranchers faced a particularly difficult stretch in the 1980s, Chuck Grassley wrote Chapter 12 in the federal bankruptcy code, designed specifically for farm operations, so they could reorganize and return to farming without selling off all of their land and equipment to meet debt obligations. As farm families have again fallen on hard times in recent years, Chuck Grassley worked to pass an update to the law to recognize the appreciation in land and input costs and passed a law that expands mental health resources for folks struggling to cope with the stresses of farming.

Chuck Grassley’s institutional knowledge and dirt under his fingernails from working on his own family farm give Iowa farmers a big voice at the policymaking table. As Democrats in Congress look to raise revenue to pay for their costly big government programs, family farmers find themselves in the crosshairs. Whether it’s the death tax or repealing stepped up basis, Chuck Grassley continues to fight schemes that would saddle farmers with unnecessary and unfair taxes. These shenanigans are nothing new. When the Biden administration tried to revive a failed policy from the 1970s, Chuck Grassley delivered a swift reminder about the perils of the plan.

When you put in a farmer’s hours for decades in Washington, you accumulate a long list of accomplishments — not just for farmers, but for all Iowans. Chuck Grassley has earned respect on both sides of the aisle, making him one of the most effective lawmakers in the country. He’s the U.S. Senator Iowans, especially farmers, need in their corner for years to come.

Returning Chuck Grassley to the U.S. Senate is the best thing that could happen for Iowa farmers and our state’s farm economy. I endorse Chuck Grassley for re-election.

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Trump Endorses Grassley for Re-Election at Des Moines Rally

Trump: “This is Chuck Grassley’s Night”
 
“A Man Who Truly Loves Iowa”
 
“He’s Tough”

"A Great American Patriot"
 
Trump Praises Grassley on Military, Veterans, Second Amendment, USMCA, Federal Judiciary, SCOTUS, Ethanol 

DES MOINES—President Donald Trump endorsed Sen. Chuck Grassley for re-election to the United States Senate during a rally in Des Moines. Grassley attended the rally with several other Iowa Republican officials and praised Trump’s leadership on transforming the judiciary, lowering taxes, securing the border, championing agriculture, ending government regulations and growing the economy. Grassley blasted President Biden’s handling of the border, economy, inflation, taxes, spending, Afghanistan and gasoline prices.

“I’m thrilled to announce tonight that Senator Chuck Grassley has my complete and total endorsement for re-election,” President Trump said.
 
Grassley was key to many of Trump’s successes as president, including confirming Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to lifetime appointments on the Supreme Court and legislative victories from the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to historic tax reform that unleashed the best economy in more than fifty years.
 
VIDEO: Grassley Endorsed by President Trump
VIDEO: Grassley's Full Remarks

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